Constructing Fabric Buildings with Solid Steel Frames

    Steel I-beams in an equestrian fabric riding arena
    January 18, 2021 | Advantages of Tension Fabric Structures, Tension Fabric Structures

    This article from examines how fabric buildings are constructed. In particular it looks at framing the buildings with solid steel tapered I-beams versus web trusses. It explains the advantages of being able to construct clearspan buildings, meaning structures that don't require central column supports-- giving the building owner more useable floor space. It also examines some of the drawbacks of traditional web trusses including hidden corrosion, chord plastification and limited design flexibility.